Here's a post that may interested you. Jan went from tile to cork. It looks gorgeous. If you have specific questions you can post them on her thread, I'm sure she'll be happy to help! http://www.hometalk.com/190617/kitchen-floor-upgrade
I have no personal experience with cork but this young married couple recently put cork in their kitchen and laundry room and documented the process on their blog. It does look really pretty with their mostly white kitchen.
Here's a the link for the finished job: http://www.younghouselove.com/2012/03/ok-now-you-can-put-a-cork-in-us/
Another inexpensive option you may wish to consider is TrafficMaster "Allure" vinyl wood-look planks (sold at Home Depot). It would be great for the kitchen. I have it in one bathroom and as I have stated on several threads here on HomeTalk, I wish I had known about it before I put down laminate floors (that I now detest) in part of my house.
I don't have any personal experience with cork, but I would be concerned about water damaging cork in a kitchen. There are some inexpensive tiles that are probably the best budget option for a kitchen.
Cork is used a lot in kitchens. Not only recently but in the past years ago.
The trick using cork is to get the proper tiles. There is cheep cork tiles, and expensive ones. The higher price ones typically have a coating or sealer applied to allow for use in damp/wet locations. While the lower cost tiles are really not suggested in those areas. In addition quality means in many cases a harder cork or more dense product. This translates into more durable product under foot. Be sure to check with the supplier and ask them what cork materials and types you need for your particular installation location.
Do some research on the tiles used and you will find there are many great cork tiles that can be used in a kitchen.
Thanks for the feedback and suggestions! Much appreciated!
I'm a firm believer in tile for kitchens...Having repaired countless hardwood floors in kitchens due to some very minor leak to more extensive water damage. I can say I have never had to a repair a tile kitchen floor. As far as cork goes it might work well in low traffic spot like a back bedroom.
vinyl planks, looks like bamboo , wood, easy to install, cost effective and water won't hurt it, easy to clean